The sixth week of our $25 grocery budget challenge is finished, and I will no longer be posting my grocery hauls and menu plan here on Patty Cake’s Pantry. This challenge has been a learning experience for all of us, and I was surprised that I didn’t feel like we were deprived during this time. Except for my refusal to buy soft drinks, no one had any complaints. I bought soft drinks for our family during my over budget, third week on this challenge. Since soft drinks have no nutritional value, and they are expensive, I am attempting to relegate them to special occasions.
What did we eat?
- Toast with butter and Jelly
- Peanut butter toast
- Eggs with toast
- Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- Cold Cereal
- Salads in a Jar
What did we eat?
- Hot dogs and macaroni salad with veggies added.
- Salmon Burgers with leftover veggie packed macaroni salad and watermelon
- Hamburgers with baked beans, a green salad, and watermelon
- Fast Food–Once again, I had a very late night at work.
- Spaghetti and Meatballs with a green salad
Overall, we did much better this week, and ate more meals at home. We followed the menu plan for only a couple of days. The decision to skip over the Freezer to Table Chicken Masala kit was because the weather was too hot to justify turning on the oven for an hour, and even Sue Chef agreed with this plan. The first night, we had burgers instead. The children requested that they be served on buns rather than as a salad, so we had salad on the side. We had spaghetti at the request of Sue Chef and Food Critic instead of salmon. All in all, it was a fairly good week, and our $25.00 grocery budget didn’t feel overly restrictive.
Now that August is finished, we need to decide what the plan will be regarding our grocery budget as we move forward from this point. I would tell you our grocery budget plan now, but instead, I think I will save that for another post. It’s hard to share when we haven’t made a decision yet. One thing that is certain is that if you put your mind to it, inventory what you have, and plan, it is possible to feed a family of 5 for $25 a week.
Let us know if you would like to see us continue to post our grocery hauls by leaving a comment below. Also, what do your think is a good, and reasonable, weekly grocery budget for a family of five? Your comments might help us decide what we will be doing in the future.
As always, thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.